I think I live in the most beautiful part of the USA, the Pacific Northwest. Within one or two hours’ drive, you can be at the ocean, the lake, the mountains, or the desert. Let’s start right close to my home, in Everett, Washington, just north of Seattle.
This is Silver Lake, about a half-mile south of my house. You can rent a little sailboat at Silver Lake Park in the summer, or have a drink on the deck at Emory’s Restaurant.
Just a bit farther north, you can walk in the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley in April.
You can take a Washington State Ferry through the San Juan Islands at the northwest corner of the state.
Turning east, you can drive over the North Cascades Highway, and see Liberty Bell Mountain.
Or you can go east over the Cascades to Yakima, and drive down the shrub-steppe terrain along the winding Yakima River.
And if you’re a city kid, you can spend a pleasant afternoon at the Seattle Japanese Garden.
I hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of my beautiful Pacific Northwest. Come visit sometime.